Former NJ Police Chief Frank Nucera Jr. Facing Hate Crime Charges

The former police chief in New Jersey who once called President Trump “the last hope for white people,” is currently on trial on a federal hate-crime charge after he allegedly slammed a black teenager’s head into a doorjamb.

What We Know:

  • Last week a recording was played in court by prosecutors in an effort to show that the alleged attack from September 2016 by Nucera on an 18-year-old black man at a Ramada Hotel in Bordertown, N.J, was motivated by Nucera’s “intense racial animus,” according to NYTimes.
  • On Friday, Nucera testified that he and another officer had taken Timothy Stroye and his girlfriend into custody after a struggle with both of them. Police were initially dispatched for a report that the couple were swimming in the pool and had not paid their bill.
  • Nucera Jr. referred to African Americans as “you people” and said they should stay out of the South Jersey community, a fellow officer told a jury Friday during Nucera’s federal hate-crime assault trial.
  • In Sgt. Nathan Roohr’s testimony, he stated, “As Nucera escorted Stroye in the hallway he slammed his head into a metal door jamb like a basketball.”

  • “Prosecutors allege that Nucera regularly expressed racial animus against black people casually using the N-word and comparing African Americans to ISIS. Roohr said Nucera ordered him to use his K-9 to intimidate blacks at school sporting events,” according to Inquirer.

If Nucera is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He would also forfeit his 8,800-a-month pension.